January 17th, 2008
07:50 AM ET
9 years ago

Rival strategists accuse McCain camp of playing the victim

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - The balmy South Carolina campaign trail may be getting unusually frosty for GOP Sen. John McCain as rival Republican strategists offer fresh criticisms of his campaign's tactics.

Over the last week, McCain's South Carolina "Truth Squad" has arranged multiple conference calls to defend its candidate from negative campaigning.

But opponents say his campaign has been exaggerating the attacks against him - taking advantage of the ghosts of 2000 in a bid to win sympathy from the media and voters.

In 2000, McCain was the target of a whisper campaign alleging that he fathered a black child while married to his wife, Cindy. The truth was McCain and his wife had adopted their daughter, Bridget, from Bangladesh.

In 2008, the Arizona senator's staff is "trying to make McCain the victim," said senior Thompson adviser Rich Galen.

"But 'the victim of what?' is, I think, a legitimate question. His victimhood is kind of empty," Galen said.

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- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. pmac

    Personally I don't care for any of the politicos running for the presidentcy. The corporate news media lets us see who they may want to
    win and ignore the others (Such as Kucinich-who I favor), Edward doesn't get as much time as Hillary or Obama. Looks Like the are trying to push Ron Paul to the side even though he has stomped Guliani and Thompson. The Supreme Court
    ruled against letting Kucinich join in the democratic debate in Nevada. The Supreme Court ruled that Shrub should be the president in 2000. Now they're pickin' who we can vote for! What if they held an election and nobody showed up?!
    Ah Hell – -That wouldn't work – -The Supreme Court would probably give Us Shrub back. Why the hell would a bunch of people spend a billion dollars of other peoples money for an job that pays $400K year?

    January 17, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Carl,Mesa,AZ.

    McAmnesty should go ahead and QUIET.
    Why , because he is a RINO, just in case you don't know what RINO means I am going to tell you.
    Republican In Name Only= RINO
    Mc Amnesty is the best canidate for the Democrats'

    January 17, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. Jim

    McCain isn't the solution he is the problem.

    January 18, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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